Splice director for Neuromancer?
I haven't read William Gibson's Neuromancer (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com), despite it being a well read and respected book, but I do know that fans of the novel are passionate about it and would want a top class adaptation for the big screen, that's why I don't find it surprising that the project has stalled since it was first talked about being adapted.
It's also the reason why I'm very surprised that the director that's being touted as taking up the film is Vincenzo Natali, the director of Splice (Filmstalker review), a film which had great potential and delivers that for the most part, but then descends into a bit of a comic mess.
I'll be surprised if fans of Neuromancer who have then seen Splice will be entirely convinced that this is the man to take forward William Gibson's vision into film.
I say that because I saw Splice and I was seriously disappointed. I was very excited for the film and the story, and some of the early looks at the effects looked great, as did the fact that the two leads were Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley, although Brody hasn't exactly had a great time of it lately, since his Oscar some might say, he was looking rather promising in this film.
However the last third of the film started throwing in some bizarre character decisions, motiveless turns and twists, and some hilarious joke moments that had the festival crowd laughing away. That might have worked for them but it didn't work for me at all.
The film had opened in one way, and closed another, and the closure ruined the strength of the thriller pulling in the morality of genetics that the first half built so well.
So with that in mind, I'll be surprised if Natali can do Neuromancer the justice it deserves. What do you think?
The story comes from The Hollywood Reporter through First Showing reminds us that back in 2007 was when we heard that Joseph Kahn was set to direct and in 2008 we heard Hayden Christensen was going to be starring, something that may well change with the new director involved. Back then we were told it was being fast tracked, some chance.